Wheat Berry Pudding

Wheat Berry Pudding

4 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Here, wheat berries are cooked with maple-sweetened, spiced milk to make a homey pudding. Try it for dessert or even breakfast—adjusting the maple syrup to your preference.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 cup wheat berries, (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip orange zest, ( ½ by 2 inches)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup low-fat maple yogurt, (optional)


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  1. Sort through wheat berries carefully; discard any stones. Rinse well. Place in a large heavy saucepan and add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, adding more water if necessary, until the wheat berries are tender, about 1 hour. Drain well.
  2. Place the wheat berries and 2 tablespoons milk in a food processor. Pulse, scraping down the sides as necessary, until most of the wheat berries are coarsely chopped (some may remain whole).
  3. Combine the chopped wheat berries, the remaining 3 cups milk, cinnamon stick, orange zest and salt in a Dutch oven or other large, heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often to prevent sticking, until the mixture is very thick, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; discard the cinnamon stick and orange zest. Stir in maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Serve warm or chilled, sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with a dollop of maple yogurt, if desired. (Stir in more milk if the pudding gets too thick as it stands.)
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the cooked wheat berries (Step 1) for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Cover and refrigerate the pudding for up to 2 days.
  • Note: Wheat berries of any variety (hard, soft, spring or winter) can be used interchangeably. Labeling is inconsistent—you may find them labeled “hard red winter wheat” without the words “wheat berries.” Find them in natural-foods markets and online at kingarthurflour.com. Some recipes instruct soaking overnight, but we found it unnecessary.
  • To cook: Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones, and rinse with water. Bring 4 cups water or broth and 1 cup wheat berries to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, but still a little chewy, about 1 hour. Drain.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 179 calories; 1 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 35 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 5 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 12 g added sugars; 188 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 152 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 63 mg sodium; 187 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ low-fat milk, 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 4

April 30, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
A little sweet I made this with Einkorn wheatberries and unsweetened almond milk. I find the Einkorn wheatberries to have a natural sweetness, and even unsweetened almond milk to be a little sweet. That being said - adding the maple syrup actually made my version TOO sweet, although still delicious. Next time I will omit it altogether. In addition, I think using a whole vanilla bean as opposed to vanilla extract next time will kick this up a notch. Pros: Doesn't taste healthy Cons: Too sweet
December 13, 2011
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By: amiller52
Really good! I used brown rice instead of wheatberries as I did not have any. Turned out great but I think I needed to simmer for a little longer as it was a tad thin. Will definetely make again!
April 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This has become a family favorite in my house. My husband begs me to make it! I didn't believe my friend when she said it would be a healthy replacement to rice pudding - but it absolutely is!! Yummy!
September 28, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This is so great! It tastes like grapenut pudding, but without all the eggs. I made it with soymilk and it came out great. I also used 1/2 maple syrup and 1/2 honey for the sweetener. I've made it twice now and everyone loves it! I cook the wheat berries for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker with no pre-soak, and they come out perfect.
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